Tuesday, 31 December 2013

My Fabulous Winning Year

I have had another fantastic year with my comping hobby, winning some pretty amazing prizes over the year.

Spa Days for 2 x 12 in January with Barclay Cards Facebook comp. We had a girls day out using 16 of these in one go. It was great fun.

Attending the Baftas thanks to the Mirror Newspaper and the Book Awards with Specsaver. Both of these included overnight stays in London and were amazing.

I have been to the Buckingham Palace Coronation festival thanks to Waitrose purchase comp and  as VIP to the Henley Regatta from a twitter comp.

A week in Turkey
I was asked to go and review a hotel in Turkey for a week for Solo holidays which was due to writing reviews for http://silvertripadvisor.co.uk

Spun on rides at Alton Towers again thanks to twitter and had afternoon tea in Bond Street. Another booked for February as well as a theatre tickets.

My nephew has watched his favourite team Arsenal from the executive box and his brother and sister had a wonderful time at a sleepover in Hamleys Toy Shop. One was an email comp the other a good old fashioned slogan.

A hudi from Tescos twitter comp, Sci-Fi weekend passes for 6 from an email and plenty of small prizes.

My best prize by far this year though has been winning one of the ten Nutella £3,000 plan your own special day prizes. This was a fun creative comp. We have chosen to go and see some whales in Scotland so that is something to look forward to next year.

I use compers news, http://www,prizefinder.com and http://www.moneysavingexpert.com for most of my comping information and they are all brilliant. You do need to put in the hours though and search around for those low entry comps. I am not keen on fb comps but really like twitter. I am happy to enter most comps except voting and have won a few prizes using photos the most recent being a fancy coffee pot from an advent comp. Plus smaller prizes.

Total value of my wins is over £12,000 - excellent year

Here is my pinterest board showing some of my great prizes


Have a lucky 2014

January 2014

1. Afternoon Tea at Gorge Hotel in Knightsbridge

2. Box seats, champagne and programme to Let it Be Musical London

3. Goody bag and book for 12 years a Slave

4. Babour Dog Coat

5. Sets of 2013 comemerative stamps

6. Now TV freeview box

7. A Two Day London Pass - excellent free entry to lots of places.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Keep Warm Tips

The weather is certainly getting colder so I have listed some links and tips on keeping warm. The snow will soon be causing it`s usual havoc.

I am going to start with a Girl Called Jacks very useful and interesting blog post here : http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/11/14/my-tips-for-keeping-warm-in-winter-from-a-veteran-of-freezing-houses-wooden-floors-and-big-windows/

She has some great tips and people are adding to them in the comments section so do take a look.

My tip for keeping feet warm is to insert foam or sheepskin inner soles into your shoes or boots. This really does help and you can get them in £1 shops.

Next is this article on heating a room for 8p a day using tea light candles and flower pots. Haven`t tried this but there is a video link explaining it all if you would like to try it yourself. I don`t think I would hold out to much hope of it working well. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2492549/Video-reveals-heat-home-using-just-TEALIGHTS-FLOWERPOTS--costs-just-8p-day.html

My tip for anyone who doesn`t like onesies (like me) get yourself a honcho like this.
fleece new pink flower


If your crafty make yourself one out of some cheap fleece blankets. They are great. Mine goes on the minute I get indoors.

The famous http://www.Moneysavingexpert.com site has a thriving section on keeping yourself and your home warm. You can find all kinds of tips in the old style money saving forum section. 

If you are lucky enough to have a coal fire try this tip for getting that fire started without using firelighters.

Rub petroleum jelly over a bunch of cotton wool balls then store them in a zip lock bag. When you're ready to make a fire, pull a few cotton strands out and place a ball under your kindling wood then light. Success!

Lots of tips on http://www.mumsnet.co.uk for keeping babies and children warm without putting them at risk of overheating.

My tip is walk a dog, borrow one if you don`t own a dog. Great to get outdoors walking warms you up and your not paying for heating when you are out. The dog might have other ideas though and prefer to lie down!

Pinterest is a great source of tips and information. See my board on easy tips here.

rub petroleum jelly over a bunch of cotton balls then store in ziplock bag. When you're ready to make a fire, pull a few cotton strands out and place under your wood then light your cotton ball

Monday, 21 October 2013

Fantasy Interview with Lily Savage




Details of competition here:

#JobAcademy portal


include this link to the #JobAcademy portal - http://www.totaljobs.com/insidejob/jobacademy/ (and one to this blog post if you like) - See more at: http://www.iamtypecast.com/2013/10/interview-competition.html#sthash.vlqGlB8h.dpuf
include this link to the #JobAcademy portal - http://www.totaljobs.com/insidejob/jobacademy/ (and one to this blog post if you like) - See more at: http://www.iamtypecast.com/2013/10/interview-competition.html#sthash.vlqGlB8h.dpuf

MEET THE BOYS ! (photo from Halloween pinterest board)

Questions I ask Lily and her answers :

Q. I know you can look after dogs but what about kids?

A. Well there is not much difference really, except I wouldn`t walk the kids on a lead. I might tag them though.

Q. If you needed to scold them what would you do?

A. That`s easy tie them to the back door and hit them with a wet mop.

Q. What healthy meals would you cook for them?

A. Cook?! me! its pizza or chips and they will damn well like it. I got cabbage and spuds when I was a kid.

Q. What would you do it they would not go to bed ?

A. Well if I couldn`t hit them with a frying pan, I`d hang them by the ankles out of the window.

Q. How would you help them with their homework?

A. Google, google and eeeem google. I hope they know how to google.

Q. This is a non- smoking household is that a problem for you?

A. Not at all I never touch tobacco!

Pinterest - no monkey business board.

Does Lily get the job?

Yes, I`m sure its the perfect job for her, It is either Lily, boarding school or Borstal for these boys.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Foodbank Networks


UK Foodbanks

13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK.
Every day people in the UK go hungry for reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill on a low income. Trussell Trust foodbanks provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis in the UK.
In 2012-13 foodbanks fed 346,992 people nationwide. Of those helped, 126,889 were children. Rising costs of food and fuel combined with static income, high unemployment and changes to benefits are causing more and more people to come to foodbanks for help.
The Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new foodbanks nationwide. With almost 400 foodbanks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.

Desperate times...

‘We had to borrow a tin of soup from next door to stop our

18-month-old daughter from going to bed hungry.’

Ann-Marie, Salisbury Read story

‘If there was no foodbank I’d have to steal something to feed my family.’

Jamie, Andover Foodbank client
Foodbanks help prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems. A simple box of food makes a big difference.
All food is donated by the public and sorted by volunteers. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers identify people in crisis and issue a food voucher. Clients receive three days of nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food in exchange for their food voucher. Foodbanks also make time to chat and to signpost clients to other helpful services.

Why do people need emergency food?

Today people across the UK will struggle to feed themselves and their families. Redundancy, illness, benefit delay, domestic violence, debt, family breakdown and paying for the additional costs of heating during winter are just some of the reasons why people go hungry. Read client stories

What’s in a foodbox?

Each foodbox contains a minimum of three days nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food.
Foodbanks rely on the support of local communities. Click here to find your nearest foodbank.
If there’s no foodbank near you why not find out more about starting a foodbank.

Eat Well, Spend Less courses

The Trussell Trust has piloted, and is currently looking for funding to roll out, 'Eat Well, Spend Less' courses that teach people how to cook when on a low budget. The course includes basic cookery lessons as well as providing advice on food budgeting, hygiene and nutrition. If you or your company could help to fund this project we'd love to hear from you: Contact Mark Ward, Funding Team Manager, 01722 580176.

Find your nearest foodbank here

Foodbank photos

Collecting food at a supermarket
A primary school gives harvest gifts
Sorting food donations
Girl with her own shopping list
Receiving a foodbox
Mother leaves foodbank with bags of food
Click on each image to view larger

Monday, 16 September 2013


Grace Claims the first Goal

We received our  PES 2014 party pack from Come Round for our PES 2014 Party which took place on 13th  September 2013.

Here is our review

Great Graphic make the pitch and players realistic and the game fun. We used the PES 2014 for the XBox.

The boys compete for Man of the Match

Yes! I won

The final Whistle!

Everyone agreed that the PES 2014 is the game to have for Christmas, whether you are old or young, if you love football this game is a must.

Charlie takes the trophy as the guys grab a beer. The chicken and Mushroom Pot Noodles disappear in half time. It is one thing to watch your team lose, its another when the kids beat you. Time for another game everyone. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Charity Shop Bargains - Master Chefs Cookery Books

The Master Chefs Collection

Twenty four small books from chefs like Rick Stein, Michel Roux, Anthony Worral Thompson  and many others.

Got this little bargain for the pricely sum of £3 in a Heart Foundation Charity Shop.


The selection of chefs cover things like Baking, Cooking for Two, Fish, Hot and Spicy, Curries, Chicken, Desserts, and Mediterranean cooking. It is a great useful collection that will happily sit on a shelf in my small kitchen.

£3 well spent

Then for £2 in the same charity shop

This book is not just a recipe book, it is a lesson in foraging for garlic, berries and other wonderful things that grow wild. It is beautifully written and the author Denis Cotter is obviously passionate about his adventures  finding fabulous food. 

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